The Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire – Why the Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams film nailed the competition
Eurovision is underway this week, which means it’s about time we revisited the epic film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
With a star-studded cast including Will Ferrell as co-writer and co-star opposite Rachel McAdams, the movie follows Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, an Icelandic pop duo determined to win over their small town and represent Iceland at the Eurovision finals.
Yearning for Eurovision success, the pair discover that the odds are stacked against them. No one in the small town of Husavik has any faith in the musical duo, and Lars’s “extremely handsome father” (Pierce Brosnan) also disapproves of his son’s ambitions.
But resilience is key to this story, along with a clear and genuine passion for the Eurovision Song Contest that taps into everything that makes it such a wonderful event.
Under the direction of Wedding Crashers’ David Dobkin, the film sets Lars and Sigrit off on a musical odyssey that includes cameos from a number of real-life Eurovision legends. Topped off with a cameo from Graham Norton, who plays himself as a Eurovision commentator, the humour and heart of the film make it the perfect watch this Eurovision season.
The Story of Fire Saga was born out of Ferrell’s obsession with the competition – he claimed to have been silent for three hours after watching the contest for the first time. “I was just like, ‘what is this thing’, it’s incredible,” he told Screen Rant. “The staging, the kind of costumes, the catchiness of the songs, some of the songs are actually really good.”
He continued: “It was from the sublime to the ridiculous and I just remember in that moment thinking ‘that would be a great movie’ but I thought that someone in Europe would have done it.”
The Eurovision semi-finals take place on 9 May and 11 May, while the grand final is on Saturday 13 May. Find out this year’s entries here.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is available on Netflix.